Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Back from Las Vegas, Ike Stays Hot

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Back from Las Vegas, Ike Stays Hot

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MILWAUKEE - Ike Davis picked through his checked luggage, searching the bulky blue suitcase for an item that was proving difficult to locate. He was groggy. He was wearing glasses. And he could not find his contacts or sneakers.

"I need shoes," Davis said. "Where the [expletive] are my shoes?"

For eight minutes and 11 seconds, he stood there in socks. Eventually he settled into a pair of low-cut canvas sneakers.

"Guess I'll wear my Converse in the cage," he said.

Missing items aside, Davis was happy to be back home - back in the majors, back in the Mets lineup. And the Mets were happy to have him back.

Davis had three hits, drove in two runs and reached base four times as the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 12-5, on Friday night at Miller Park. On a night when rookie right-hander Zack Wheeler lacked polish but fought through five innings, Davis, Kirk Nieuwenhuis (4-4, two walks, five RBI) and the Mets offense carried the day.

Before the game, Mets manager Terry Collins said the team decided to make the move now because Davis was "red hot." He hit .293 with seven homers and seven doubles during his 21-game demotion.

On Friday, he stayed hot.

Davis walked on four pitches during his first trip to the plate. He brought home a run with an infield hit in the second. He ripped a clean single to right in the fourth. He lined a single to right in the ninth.

For one night at least, his brief tenure with Class AAA Las Vegas appeared to be paying dividends. His revamped swing was working.

"It's obviously a little different," Davis said before the game. "I don't know. You're going to have to find out tonight. See if you guys can pick it apart. ... Obviously it's not like I'm standing on my head."

His return coincided with Wheeler's fourth career start. Like his previous two outings, this one had its bumps.

Wheeler survived just five innings, not one of them clean. …

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